cover art: “Birdland” by Dexter Bauer
cover art: “Growth” by Devyn Farries
“Growth” is a representation of what it takes to actually grow, to examine the self and make a conscious decision to want to be better. Growth is painful, messy, but is ultimately beautiful.
Devyn Farries is Detroit born and raised, and based in Philidelphia. Devyn, also known by the penname, khaleel, is a transgender artist and nerd of color. Devyn is especially passionate about creating are that illustrates the narratives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color. You can find more of their work on their tumblr under “thisnumberisinvalid” and you can support their work on Patreon under the same name.
excerpt from RAM by ari k. castañeda
sleep expedition by lauren samblanet
you wear the muzzle all weekend by Amber Taylor
Aubade with Fake Blowjob by Myles Em Taylor
Briseis Dreams of Ships by Elizabeth Theriot
Zero as a Verb by David Joez Villaverde
Seahorse by Kirt Ethridge
Tender Limbs by Jesse Rice-Evans
Insides by Kathryn Anastasi
Alfalfa by Amy Atwood
cover art: “A Walk-In Spring” by Nandita Sharma
Nandita Sharma is a self-taught illustrator, and student of Journalism, who sometimes nerds out on Comics and Cinema. A bleeding liberal, Nandita is a product of art and philosophical literature. Huxley asks us to “feel lightly” and so she tries to comply and channel it into her art.
Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team
about the cover image: “This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, taken in near-infrared light, transforms the pillars into eerie, wispy silhouettes, which are seen against a background of myriad stars. The near-infrared light can penetrate much of the gas and dust, revealing stars behind the nebula as well as hidden away inside the pillars. Some of the gas and dust clouds are so dense that even the near-infrared light cannot penetrate them. New stars embedded in the tops of the pillars, however, are apparent as bright sources that are unseen in the visible image. The ghostly bluish haze around the dense edges of the pillars is material getting heated up by the intense ultraviolet radiation from a cluster of young, massive stars and evaporating away into space. The stellar grouping is above the pillars and cannot be seen in the image. At the top edge of the left-hand pillar, a gaseous fragment has been heated up and is flying away from the structure, underscoring the violent nature of star-forming regions. Astronomers used filters that isolate the light from newly formed stars, which are invisible in the visible-light image. At these wavelengths, astronomers are seeing through the pillars and even through the back wall of the nebula cavity and can see the next generations of stars just as they’re starting to emerge from their formative nursery.”
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Featured writers include: Myles Em Taylor, Amy Atwood, ari k. castañeda, Kyle Liang, Yousef Alasfoor, David Joez Villaverde, Evangela Shread, Ellie White, Tyler Dettloff, lauren samblanet, Celeste Smith, S. Makai Andrews, Jill Talbot, Amber Taylor, Sam Jowett, Kirt Ethridge, Jennifer Saunders, KC Snow, Chelsey Clammer, Daniel Garcia, Lydia A. Cyrus, Alrisha Shea, Sylvan Lebrun, Katie Burke, and Alex Clark.